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A fierce campaign after contentious nominations battle
The August election campaign would rage as none seen before with Ranil Wickremesinghe defending his turf against the challenger, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the deposed Executive president. Would a damaging SLPF split be avoided as the campaign progresses? The campaign is similar in some ways to the 2005 Ran...
11.07.2015 - 08:56 By Philip Fernando
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Pakistan, India ready to discuss all outstanding issues
Pakistan and India have expressed readiness to discuss all outstanding issues to promote peace and development in the region. This came at a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Ufa, Russia. They agreed that both Pakistan and India have a collect...
11.07.2015 - 08:49
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WB’s Washington investment team in town
A top investment assessment delegation from World Bank’s Washington offices is now in town. Boats, ICT and spices are among Lankan exports that show future promise- and the World Bank is open to evaluate the possibility of supporting an Exim Bank for Sri Lanka’s export push, as revealed on 10 July....
11.07.2015 - 08:42
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Finance Ministry rebuts ex-President's allegation of issuing ethanol licenses
Ministry of Finace rejects the allegation made by the former President that the government in 100 days has issued 28 ethanol licenses. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had made this allegation attributing to Finance minister as telling the Parliament in this regard. Importation of Ethanol into th...
10.07.2015 - 15:58
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If I knew who Cosby was, I wouldn't have laughed at his jokes!
This is with reference to the news report ‘Cosby admits drugging woman for sex’, which made many of his fans really sick to know that one time the main man in a highly popular ‘Bill Cosby’ show has been up to this dirty trick. All his onetime fans, who enjoyed his shows, are now overjoyed to learn...
10.07.2015 - 09:43
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Long walk to justice: Transgender voices from across India
I had been there at the 1st National Hijra Habba in 2012. Witnessing the Third National Transgender Hijra Habba in 2015 was indeed a humbling experience as lot of water has flown during these 3 years. From 30 community participants in 2012, the number this year had swelled to a whopping 350+. The...
10.07.2015 - 08:51 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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America Tamil Sangam honors Dr Georgi Abraham in Chennai
America Tamil Sangam honored internationally-renowned nephrologist Dr. Georgi Abraham at a function held at Hyatt Regency in Chennai Tuesday night. He is the consultant nephrologist at MMM Hospital in Chennai. Dr. Georgi Abraham received Roscoe Robinson Award at the assembly of world nephrologis...
10.07.2015 - 08:39
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Maldives maintained trade relations with Sri Lanka for several centuries: Zahiya Zareer, High Commissioner
Written History is very little on Maldives other than oral tradition. Francois Pyrard in 1602 and the German Scholar, Geiger and later H.C.P. Bell rendered much service to the history by showing similarities of the shared history and culture between our two countries, between our languages and how...
10.07.2015 - 08:30 By Leelananda Ihalagamage, Editor / Travellanka
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Amanté reveals premium Enigma collection – the ultimate luxury in lingerie
Renowned for impeccable quality, fashion forward styles and collections that are both flattering and functional, amanté announced the launch of a premium collection, ‘Enigma’. The collection evokes the many intricate layers of a wearer’s personality, often kept private and unexplored. The styles wer...
10.07.2015 - 07:52
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President pays respects to martyr Henry Pedris
President Maithripala Sirisena participated at the commemorative ceremony to mark the 100 th death anniversary of National Hero Captain Edward Henry Pedris held at Foundation Institute yesterday (July 08). Captain Pedris was one of the leading figures of the freedom struggle to win independence to...
09.07.2015 - 14:59
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Sri Lanka appointed five more new envoys
The Sri Lankan Government has appointed four new ambassadors and one High Commissioner to countries including Australia, Canada and South Korea. The following individuals have been appointed to the diplomatic positions: S. Skandakumar – Ambassador to Australia Dr A.S.U. Mendis – Ambassador to Ba...
09.07.2015 - 09:44
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Historic bio of first Ceylonese rebel to face the firing squad unveiled in Colombo
A writer with SLEDB has authored the first bio on the young folk hero whose swift execution in July 1915 triggered Ceylon's three decade-long independence struggle culminating in the 1948 independence -and eager Lankan readers were seen queuing for a copy of new historic bio at the launch of 08 July...
09.07.2015 - 09:04
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Sri Lankans will not permit Mahinda Rajapaksa to be made the sacrificial lamb at the altar of a hostile international community
Some Sri Lankans will have issues with the style and substance of the period of governance of Mahinda Rajapaksa during his ten year presidency. They may oppose some of his actions and those of some who were close to him. However, an overwhelming majority of Sri Lankans of all ethnicities will not ha...
09.07.2015 - 08:57 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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ASEAN Parliamentarians call on Cambodia to abandon restrictive, undemocratic NGO law
ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) today called on the Cambodian government to abandon its proposed Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations (LANGO), arguing that the ruling party has pursued a fundamentally undemocratic course in attempting to secure the passage of a law t...
09.07.2015 - 08:50
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Delhi fails to know Myanmar and Northeast people
When the NSCN (K) unilaterally abrogated ceasefire with the government of India in March this year, nobody took it very seriously. Many in Indian side were wondering when the outfit had entered into ceasefire with the Myanmar government, while many intelligentsias felt that such truce with Myanmar g...
09.07.2015 - 08:41 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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‘Exports to US on steady rise’-Rishad
Sri Lanka’s exports to US are surging on hectic phase-and June’s renewed US GSP facility boosts our export development efforts, as revealed on 07 July. “On behalf of the Government of the President Maithripala Sirisena, we thank the US government for re-authorizing this crucial trade facility to S...
09.07.2015 - 08:20
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Five New Diplomats Presented Credentials
: Four High Commissioners and an Ambassador presented credentials to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday (7). Those who presented credentials were as follows: 01. Mrs. Florence Imisa Weche - Kenyan High Commissioner 02. Mr. Samuel Panyin Yalley, G...
08.07.2015 - 13:31
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Finance Minister Orders Probe into Tsunami Relief Vehicles
The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ravi Karunanayake, has initiated an inquiry into the importation of high-value vehicles for tsunami relief and subsequently given to third parties without paying due taxes and depriving the state of billions of rupees. This was brought to light when a vehicle importe...
08.07.2015 - 11:17
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The Man who attempted to Kill Rajiv Gandh - Given Nomination by Bodu Bala Sena
Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni, who openly confessed that his intention was to kill Rajiv Gandhi will be one of the candidates contesting in the forthcoming parliamentary election. Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni the Naval Rating who hit the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi during an inspection of guard...
08.07.2015 - 09:03
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"Weeratungas are like elephants"
My association with Patrick Weeratunga was rather a very long one, stretching to over 4 decades. We worked in the same commercial establishment back home and continued our unbroken partnership in the gulf by joining a reputed hospitality facility in Riyadh. It was real fun organizing outings in...
08.07.2015 - 08:06 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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